Fall into Winter
What is a CSA?
A CSA is a partnership between the farm and its customers. If you choose to join, you will receive a share of the winter harvest, consisting of approximately 11 weeks of fresh vegetables grown at the farm without chemicals. By becoming a member you will gain an intimate connection to the land, knowing where your food comes from and exactly how it is grown. CSA members share the bounty and risks associated with farming while supporting a farm dedicated to providing high quality produce for its members.
How does it work?
The Fall into Winter CSA will be 10-11 distributions with weekly pick-ups in November and December 2016 and a few late winter, early spring distributions in 2017. Pick-up is at the farm on Tuesday afternoons from 3-6 pm. There will be 8 weekly distributions from Nov 1 - Dec 20, 2016. The distributions before Thanksgiving and Christmas will be slightly larger than in other weeks. There will be an additional 2-3 distributions in late winter and early spring 2017. We estimate a distribution in March, maybe one in April and 1-2 in May. These distributions will be greens coming out of our unheated hoophouses (a type of greenhouse), so they are dependent on the weather. We are excited to be offering distributions in the deep winter for the first time!!
What is offered?
Most of the growing for a winter CSA occurs in the summer for storage items (e.g. potatoes, onions and winter squash) and early in the fall for greens. The drought this summer has affected our farm, with yields for some winter crops being a lot less than usual. Although we planted more potatoes than in any other year, the plants were far less productive and we have about half as many potatoes as in a normal year. Our sweet potatoes are also smaller than normal. Due to the drought and some crop failures, our fall into winter CSA will have limited amounts of sweet potatoes, broccoli, beets and cabbage. We will not have any potatoes. We will, however, have a wide diversity of greens, winter squash, carrots, turnips, onions, radishes, and more.
In an effort to give members choice of what is in their share while balancing the limitations of cold weather growing, we are following a "mix and match" style of distribution. For any given week we will offer a selection of the following: salad greens (lettuce, arugula, mizuna, claytonia, tatsoi, spinach, and mustard), cooking greens (kale, pac choy, swiss chard, broccoli raab, napa cabbage, and spinach), roots (carrots, turnips, radishes, and beets), winter squash, and other items such as broccoli, onions, leeks, and kohlrabi. Which items you get depends on the weather. You will be given a weight limit for each item (e.g. 1/2 pound of salad greens, 1 pound of cooking greens, and so on), but you will be given some variety within each type to choose from (e.g. 3 or 4 different types of salad greens, 3 or 4 types of cooking greens, etc.). Our goal is to offer enough variety that you will have a good selection of items you like, knowing that everyone's tastes are different.
Do I need to contribute work as part of my share?
No. We do not require a work commitment from our members. If you would like to help with a harvest or other farm activities we would be happy to get your help.
Can I split my share with someone else?
Yes. However you either need to pick up your share together or one person must pick-up for both parties.
What is the cost?
We have one share size this winter, and it costs $300 for 10-11 distributions of veggies and greens grown at our farm without chemicals. We require a $50 deposit to reserve a spot in the fall into winter CSA. The remaining $250 is due by the first pick-up (Nov. 1). You can also contact us to set up a payment plan or to pay with SNAP benefits.
When and where is it?
The winter CSA will start November 1st and go for 8 consecutive weeks (until Dec. 20). We will also have 2-3 distributions in the winter/early spring of 2017 (dates are to be announced and are dependent on the weather). Distribution is every Tuesday from 3-6 pm at the farm (607 Elm Street, S. Dartmouth). Let us know if you can't make this time, we may be able to make other arrangements.
What are the benefits of joining the Apponagansett Farm CSA?
Value for your money: across the fall into winter CSA, you will receive more than $300 in greens and vegetables. You get food that is ultra-fresh, picked that day (except for storage crops). We grow all of the veggies, so you know exactly where your food is coming from. Peace of mind knowing that your food is free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and GMOs. You get to connect with your local farmer and learn about our growing practices. You get to try new vegetables (some that you might not have heard of or been able to find in the grocery store) and new recipes. CSA members are our priority.
How do I join?
Spaces are limited for the fall into winter CSA (we will only be accepting 25 members), so please call or email Susan first (774-400-7277; firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if there are any openings. You can either sign-up and pay online (click here), or you can fill out the CSA order form and send it along with a check (made out to Apponagansett Farm) for the full amount or the deposit to our mailing address:
Susan Murray and Tony Wood
644 Elm St.
S. Dartmouth, MA 02748